Much like watching the Anaheim Ducks this season, reading this article is going to hurt. It is just about that time to finally start tearing down what has ailed the team in order to see what best fixes it. Strap in for a quick look at the future and what comes next.
The 2019-2020 season commenced with much fanfare and the hope of better days for the Anaheim Ducks. After all, Randy Carlyle’s second go-around was coming to a close and despite the ever-present and extensive injury list, he never really had much of a chance to stick around long-term. As it can be said, the coaches count-down clock begins the moment he’s hired. On top of that, the new wave of the Ducks prospects was also due to hit the team. Out went some of the injured old men, such as Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves, and into the team would come, Max Comtois, Daniel Sprong, Troy Terry, and their ilk.
Yet here we stand at the tail end of the season, with only 15 games left to go, and last years totals seem like lofty figures the gods could barely reach. With 67 games played, the Ducks sit 18 points below last years abysmal 80 point total. They’ll need to win 9 of their last 15, yet currently sit on 4-5-1 pace in their last 10. This season’s Ducks team has 9 fewer regulation wins and 10 fewer regulation-plus-overtime wins. There isn’t a great deal of race track left for the Ducks to speed through, however, if they do go on a tear it can be done.